RecycleMania: Feb. 1 to Mar. 28

RecycleMania is a 8-week long, friendly competition between colleges and universities nationwide. Each school registered reports on their waste and recycling practices to rank themselves among other participating peer institutions. The goal of RecycleMania is to motivate the campus community to reduce wasteful practices and improve recycling behaviors. 


Volunteers are help plan, coordinate and execute the RecycleMania competition. Interested students should email the Environmental Center or stop by our office for more information. 


2015 RecycleMania Events

Tour of Jacksonville's Recycling Facility - Monday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Ever wonder where recycling goes? Well join the Environmental Center and US Green Building Council North Florida Chapter for a tour of Republic Services' recycling center. The 70,000 sq. ft. LEED-certified facility was opened in 2012 and is Jacksonville's largest recycling facility. The facility contains state-of-the-art machinery and equipment that can process almost any sort of material for recycling. Republic Services will provide lunch, but feel free to bring a bagged lunch. Please wear closed-toes shoes to participate in the tour.  


Please register for the event on the USGBC website. If you are interested in carpooling from UNF, please contact James Taylor

Outdoor Screening of 'Plastic Paradise' - Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Enjoy an outdoor screening of the documentary “Plastic Paradise” on the Green. Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does end up? Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth and yet it has become ground zero for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. Plastic Paradise is an eye-opening film that will make you question the ethics of our insatiable plastic consumption.

This movie will be shown outside, so please remember to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks will be provided. Please bring your own cup to help reduce waste! 

Bin Wars! A Homecoming Recycling Bin Design Competition - Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 5-8 p.m. 

The first ever Bin Wars will be hosted at the UNF Art Walk, which is part of Homecoming. Teams of students will be designing custom recycling bins that will be used to collect recyclables during special events on campus. Come out see what students create! 

Campus Cleanup - Thursday, Feb. 26 from 9-11 a.m. 

Calling all fellow Ospreys! Come take part in a morning campus cleanup with your friends at the Environmental Center. If you would like to help keep our beautiful campus litter-free, then this is a perfect opportunity to help make a difference at UNF. Please meet in the Student Union breezeway anytime between 9 and 11 a.m. Volunteers will be provided free coffee from Bold Bean and snacks from Sweet Theory for their hard work!

No registration is required, contact Environmental Center Volunteer Coordinator Morgan Matchett for more information. 

Student Art Market - Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 5-9 p.m.

 Join us at Student Arts Market, an annual fundraiser featuring student artists hosted by the UNF Rotaract Club. 

Caught Green Handed

"Caught Green Handed" is the latest and greatest event for RecycleMania! Every week during RecycleMania a group of students will be walking around "catching" people recycling, using the hydration stations or doing other sustainable habits. Prizes will be given to those who go the extra mile and they will be featured on our Facebook page. If you want to be "Caught Green Handed" be sure to put forth your best efforts of recycling on campus and spread the word to your friends!

Check out photos from Caught Green Handed on our Facebook page. Don't forget to like us while you are there!  
Caught Green Handed

Bin Wars: Recycling Bin Design Competition

Bin Wars is a collaboration between the Environmental Center, Osprey Productions and Physical Facilities to create a fun recycling culture on campus through a competitive homecoming event. Teams (called colonies) that sign up for homecoming in 2015 will be entered into a design competition where they must transform recycling bins into an artistic masterpiece. They will be competing for a prize and points that will go towards winning the entire week of homecoming. The idea was inspired by Coachella Music Festival’s TRASHed competition which was operated in a similar fashion. After homecoming, these bins will continued to be used at other on campus events like the basketball tailgate and the OZ Music Fest in March. The goal is to create a fun culture on campus that not only promotes recycling, but will also give students an opportunity to contribute to something the University will use regularly. Bin War will take place at the Green Feb. 25 from 5-9 p.m. during the UNF Art Walk. Come out to support recycling and show your Osprey Pride! RecycleMania: Trashed